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March 23 bulletin

The Preaching Of The Word

I Peter 1: 25

Someone said the word of God is like a large puzzle that is made up of a lot of pieces.  Each piece is significant but only as it is connected to the whole.  It is not until the pieces are assembled together that we can see the image which it was designed to display.  There are exactly as many pieces in a scrambled puzzle as there is in a finished one.  But there is a huge difference:  One leaves you guessing and the other reveals the image.

Gospel preaching connects the pieces and reveals Christ in His glory.  The Pharisees were experts on the pieces but ignorant of Christ.  Most preachers and Bible teachers, in our day, are the same way.  Like babies playing with the pieces they try to force things that fit which were never designed to be joined.  Those who preach but do not preach Christ, do not preach the gospel and have no understanding of the word of God.  The gospel that brings about the regeneration of Gods saints is “the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” 

 (I Peter 1: 25)                                                                                                 –Pastor Darvin Pruitt 

It is as clear as the noonday sun that the law is neither the ground of life to the sinner nor the rule of life to the Christian. The Lord Jesus Christ is both the one and the other; He is our life and our rule of life. The law can only curse and kill, Christ is our life and righteousness. He became our curse by hanging on a tree. He went down into the place of death and judgment and by his death completely discharged all that was or could be against us “Bless the Lord, O my soul!”                                                                                         Scott Richardson

 

                                                          THE LOVE OF GOD

 

When the scriptures speak of the love of God, it is more than God loves, or that He is love and rises to man’s concept of love.  GOD LOVES (I John 4:8), He is love itself!  Love is His very nature.

1.  IT IS UNINFLUENCED.  There is nothing in any creature that would cause God to love them.  God’s love is free, spontaneous, uncaused, the reason for God to love anyone is only found in His sovereign will.  He loved His people with “an everlasting love,” so the cause can’t be found in us.

2.  IT IS ETERNAL.  God is eternal, so His love is eternal.  He had no beginning, His love had no beginning.  Before creation, before time, before space, He loved His people (Jer. 31:3, Eph. 1:4-5).

3.  IT IS SOVEREIGN.  He is under obligation to none; He is a law unto Himself and acts according to His pleasure.  God does as He pleases.  He is love, and He loves whom He pleases (Romans 9:13).

4.  HIS LOVE IS INFINITE.  Everything about God is infinite.  He knows all, past, and present, future.  Infinite in Power, “is anything too hard for the Lord?”  His love is without limit, it is without depth, height, length, breadth, and it is without measure.  It is called His “great love.”  It reaches to the lowest hell, to save miserable sinners like me.

Now let us look at the Doctrine of Universal Love

     If the doctrine of “God loves everyone the same” is designed with the view of removing hard thought of God and causing sinners to more willingly come to God, it fails and only creates insurmountable Problems.

1.  IT OFFERS ENCOURAGEMENT TO KEEP AWAY FROM GOD, rather than an inducement to draw near him. “You do not need to fear God, for God loves you,” the unbeliever is told.  This puts salve on a soul that should be anxious to be delivered from the danger of judgment and God’s wrath.

2.  IT TENDS TO NEGATE THE CROSS OF CHRIST.  If we believe in God’s love to us, irrespective of an interest in the blood of Christ, and we are encouraged to hope for salvation because of that love, we may as well dispense with the atonement.

3.  IT BRINGS THE NAME OF GOD INTO DISRESPECT in the heart of anyone who accepts such a doctrine.  If God can love us while we are yet in our sins, iniquity, and unbelief, can this be holy love consistent with His righteousness, consistent with His name – holy and reverend?  If God almighty loves all people and yet leaves multitudes to perish, of what use is His love to us?  If our God is not able to save, deliver, and keep THOSE WHOM HE LOVES, what a terrible view of God!

–Pastor Donnie Bell

 

“God never means less than he says, but he always means far more than we think he says.”

—Charles Spurgeon

 

A SILLY QUESTION

     “Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?”(John 14:22)

Do you remember dog whistles?  They emitted a very high frequency sound that humans cannot hear, but dogs can.  The purpose for dog whistles is to make a way to call one’s dog without disturbing the neighbors.

Every once in a while a discussion rises over just how little of the truth one can believe and yet rightly be called a Christian.  In truth, it is a silly question, for there can be no useful purpose served by the answer.  If we discovered the answer, would we then confine ourselves to only that “essential truth” and preach no more?  I hardly think so.

There is a better way to discover who the Lord’s are.  The truth is like a dog whistle: all the Lord’s dogs can hear it, but no one else can.  God calls His dogs, but the neighbors cannot hear it.  We need not try to discover the lowest frequency that these dogs can hear but others cannot.  Rather, we need only to take up that Divine dog whistle of the “whole counsel of God” and blow it.  All those who come are the Lord’s dogs; all those who do not come prove they did not hear; and they did not hear because they could not hear: they aren’t dogs!

–Pastor Joe Terrell

 

THEY ARE THEY WHICH TESTIFY OF ME
(John 5:39)

          Those for whom Christ in His plain Gospel is not enough, fancy themselves to be digging into the deeper things of the word of God.  This is a delusion. You’ve altogether abandoned the word of God.  “THEY ARE THEY WHICH TESTIFY OF ME, and you will not come to Me, that ye might have life.”  The Bible is not a puzzle book full of dark riddles to be incessantly solved, one after the other.  The riddles that men concoct from the Bible are never solved. The mystery of godliness is Christ, and the Bible is the Gospel of God, concerning His Son, Jesus Christ.                                                                                                 —Pastor Chris Cunningham

 

          “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.”

                                                                                             Psalm 86:15